August 6 2019

Vietnamese Restaurant Approved for Middlesex Turnpike Location

By: Tad Stephanak

You can add Vietnamese to the spectrum of lunchtime offerings Burlington restaurants have available with the recent approval of Viet Citron. 

Viet Citron is a fast order food establishment moving into 47 Middlesex Turnpike, the same site that occupies Hanscom Federal Credit Union and Partners Healthcare. 

For owners Tran & Robert Lee this is their first food venture.

“Burlington’s food business is pretty lively” Tran Lee stated to the Planning Board.  “We wanted to give the community a healthy, fresh, Vietnamese option.”  

At the site, a former Starbucks and Subway location, Viet Citron applied for 30 seats with the plan calling for 4 to 5 outdoor seats seasonally. Having seats in an outdoor setting is considered more welcoming and friendly the applicants said. 

Planning Director Kristen Kassner noted that that part of town has become more pedestrian accessible since the installation of sidewalks in the area. 

“The creation of the sidewalk all the way from Lexington to Bedford Road has really invigorated that area of Middlesex Turnpike,” she said. “Hopefully this type of restaurant will bring everybody down this way.” 

Following a vote of approval from the Planning Board the applicants went before the Board of Health for a grease trap variance where Lee presented the Vietnamese menu. 

Lee explained the need for a small grease trap. 

“Because our menu is mostly grilling and steaming and we also have environmentally friendly disposable, containers, I figure we probably don’t need a very large grease trap for what we’re cooking since we only have one fryer for the whole entire venue,” he said. 

The Board of Health asked how they planned on disposing of the grease of the fried foods they do have.

“We’re going to contract with a licensed contractor to come in and clean it on a regular basis,” Lee answered. 

With the approval of an external grease trap variance from the Board of Health Viet Citron is looking to open in October.


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